The Best Dishwasher Detergent

The choice of the best detergent is very important not only for cleaning your dishes and glassware items but also for the long-life of your dishwasher.

If your selected dishwasher is wrong, then all your money can go waste. You can easily select the best one by considering some things.

What are the different types of dishwasher detergents?

Dishwasher detergents are of different types like gel or liquid, powder, and tablets.

Here we review completely tablets. We have a separate review for liquid and powder detergents.


Powder detergents are actually good detergents but their sales have been decreased very much. It is because some of them require rinse aid and you need to measure the quantity of powder every time you run a wash cycle.

However, these are the cheapest and do their work. These detergents can do better in case of hard water as compared to gel and even some tablets.

Read complete review of powder dishwasher detergents.

Gel or Liquid

Gel or liquid detergents are also purchased by people but their performance is not much good as compared to tablets.

These detergents can contain either enzymes or bleach because in liquid form bleach can kill enzymes. So the cleanliness of this ingredient cannot be made by the remaining one.

Read complete review of best liquid detergents for your dishwasher.

Tablets or Pods

Tablets are one of the best form of dishwasher detergents. They contain all the ingredients within a single tab and are pre-measured.

Tablets can kill all your worries if you select the best brand but they are expensive than powder or gel detergents.

Keeping the above discussion into consideration we review some best brands and their detergents. Most of these detergents are tablets and if you want gel or powder, you can read their complete review separately as explained earlier.

Cascade and Finish are the two best brands of dishwasher detergents and anyone wishing for a good detergent must buy from these brands.

Both of these are trusted and no other can provide better detergents as these. We have reviewed about all their best detergents here and some detergents from other brands.

1.Cascade Dishwasher Detergents-Best of All

Cascade is one of the best brands in selling dishwasher detergents and it is recommended by most of the dishwashers.

Their detergents are best and top rated as compared to all others. Thousands of people have used their product and they are happy to find it.

This brand has many best detergents but we have picked only 5 best that we think are really good. Here they are


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Cascade Platinum Plus with Rinse Aid Platinum
Cascade Platinum Plus Dishwasher Pods

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent ActionPacs

Cascade Complete ActionPacs

Cascade Original Dishwasher Pods

Now we shortly review all these detergents.

Cascade Platinum Plus with Rinse Aid Platinum

Cascade Platinum Plus

Cascade platinum plus is the top#1 detergent of cascade. As you can see the pack includes two things i.e detergent tabs and rinse aid to clean properly and dry quickly. It can give cleaning results more than you can expect.

This detergent does not require any pre-wash and can remove food burns easily. It dissolves quickly and prevents films on your dishes or glass items.

Some detergents cause glass items to etch or get cloudy but it is special one in this case to keep your glassware items clean and safe.

It has the power of Dawn to fight with the grease, phosphate-free and works equally in hard and soft water. This detergent has the highest rating among all the cascade detergents.

Cascade Platinum Plus Dishwasher Pods

Cascade Platinum Plus Dishwasher Pods

This detergent is the same as discussed previously and has all the features the same as the previous one. However, the one discussed before is an advanced form of this detergent. This detergent has a problem that it leaves a taste on the dishes because it has a lack of rinse aid. This detergent smells too strong that is not good for allergic people.

All the problems that were being faced by the people in this detergent were solved by cascade by making a new pack that comes with a rinse aid.

Overall this detergent has powerful cleaning action but the things were missing in this detergent that are covered in new packing.

If you already have a rinse aid of cascade, you can buy this detergent only. Otherwise, it is recommended to buy the first one so that you could get excellent cleaning result.

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent ActionPacs

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent ActionPacs

This detergent is an earlier form of Cascade Platinum Plus and has a very strong cleaning action. In this detergent, you do not need to pre-wash your dishes and it removes all the food burns from your dishes. Their triple chamber action is for removing food burns.

It also has the grease fighting power of Dawn to completely remove grease ingredients.

Some people reported that these tabs do not completely dissolve in water. It could also be their water problem because other people did not get this issue even a little.

It also leaves some smell but it is small not like in the previous and it is bad only for allergic people.

Cascade Complete ActionPacs

Cascade Complete ActionPacs

This is the most loved and top selling detergent of cascade. It also has very high quality and top rated detergent. This detergent has the grease-fighting power of Dawn. Tablets are pre-measured and they dissolve very quickly in water to provide complete cleaning results. It does not require pre-wash.

Although this detergent is very high quality but you need rinse aid to get awesome results from it and they also recommend you to use rinse aid.

If you do not use rinse aid, may be you get good results and you can try this. If you are not finding results then get a rinse aid and you will certainly get the promised results.

Cascade Original Dishwasher Pods

Cascade Original Dishwasher Pods

This is our last best detergent of cascade. Although it is an old detergent, still it is very high quality as compared to many other detergents. To make your dishes spotless, it has the grease-fighting power of Dawn. It removes food stains of 24 hours and does not leave any residu even if you do not use rinse aid.

It dissolves very quickly and removes tough stains of tea and other stains like this.

This detergent leaves a residue on glassware and silver items and this problem can be solved by using rinse aid.

Final Thoughts about Cascade

These were some top and best detergents of Cascade that were continuously being updated from time to time and reached and excellent state.

Though all of these detergents are top-rated and best-selling detergents but our recommended and actually best is Cascade Platinum Plus with Rinse Aid Platinum.

The reason is that it is the latest detergent in which all the problems have been fixed by the manufacturer and now it is at the stage where it has become difficult for us to find a con of this detergent.

2.Finish Dishwasher Detergents-Recommended Brand

Finish detergents are the 2nd best detergents in the market and these detergents are also recommended by many dishwasher brands.

Finish is a trusted brand and is providing very high quality detergents that can fulfill your needs of washing dishes thoroughly.

Although gels and powder detergents of Finish are not very good but their tablets are very high quality.

It is because gels and powders gain only 30% of total sales while tablets get the remaining 70%. That is why company is focusing in the improvement of tablets only.

Almost all the Finish detergents give smell and if you are allergic to scents then be careful in buying Finish detergents.

Finish also has a lot of best detergents but a few of them that we consider really good are listed here.

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Finish All in One 94ct Dishwasher Detergent

Finish Quantum Max Powerball Tablets

Finish All in 1 Gelpacs Orange

Finish Gelpacs Dishwasher Detergent with Rinse Aid

Now we shortly review all these detergents.

Finish All in One 94ct Dishwasher Detergent

Finish All in One 94ct Dishwasher Detergent

This is the top#1 detergent of Finish that has better features as compared to all other detergents of Finish. It has a built-in rinse agent to rinse away the residue and keep your dishes safe from spots and sparkling like brand new. The deep clean formula removes even the toughest stains and does not leave films.

Although this detergent dissolves conpletely and provides excellent results. Still if for some problem of water, you do not get the promised results then you must try by adding rinse-aid. However, they did not ask to add it but you should add if expected results are not obtained.

The good thing about this detergent is that it is very budget-friendly. You get an excellent product at an affordable price.

Finish Quantum Max Powerball Tablets

Finish Quantum Max Powerball Tablets

It is also a very good detergent of Finish that is recommended as the top#1 by many other websites and it is really so. This detergent dissolves quickly and it has multiple dissolving chambers that make it easy to dissolve completely. If you have hard water, then it is good at working with hard water and gives beautiful scent but this scent is not good for allergic people.

The power to remove coffee and tea stains, stuck-on food stains and burnt food makes it even more powerful because it contains all those ingredients in a single tablet that are used differently to remove these stains.

All the dishes come out cleaning without any residue left over them. However in case of hard water some of your glass items may get cloudy.

Finish All in 1 Gelpacs Orange

Finish All in 1 Gelpacs Orange

This is another best detergent of Finish that comes in Gel form. It has an orange scent to feel a good feeling from it. 4x power action removes grease stains, stuck-on food stains and dried food from dishes. Gelpacs are easy to use because you do not need to measure them. Just insert one into the detergent cup of your dishwasher and let it do the rest.

Gelpacs are not good for hard water and for this you should buy another detergent for hard water that you can see below in this article.

If you are not finding results from this detergent, then you should use rinse aid and you will get desired results.

However, the best of all is to buy a bundle that comes along with rinse aid and you will not face any problem. That bundle is described below.

Finish Gelpacs Dishwasher Detergent with Rinse Aid

Finish Gelpacs Dishwasher Detergent with Rinse Aid

As you can see this bundle has a Finish dishwasher detergent and a Finish rinse aid. Some dishes and glassware items were not cleaning properly from the previous one detergent and the Finish has solved this problem by making a bundle that has a rinse aid also. This rinse aid is for the solution of those problems that were being faced by people because it contains the ingredients to remove stains and residue completely, even in hard water. With this detergent glassware items will also get completely clean without leaving any residue or cloudy colour.

Rinse aid also helps in drying dishes more quickly and prevents your dishes from getting spots.

Final Thoughts about Finish

You have read completely about some best detergents of Finish. We hope it will help you a lot. We have carefully selected these detergents.

All of these and some other detergents of Finish that we could not include in our review are really very good detergents for your dishwasher.

Even the best from these detergents is Finish Gelpacs Dishwasher Detergent with Rinse Aid and Finish Quantum Max Powerball Tablets. These two detergents have more features and less cons than other Finish detergents. That is why they are included in our top list.

3.Best for Hard Water-10 Detergents

If your water is hard, then you should buy a particular dishwasher that has the power of cleaning dishes in hard water.

If you use an ordinary dishwasher in hard water you will not find good results and you may think that washing with dishwasher is waste or you will think your dishwasher is not good.

To avoid all the problems, it is better to choose a good detergent. Such a detergent that works in hard water does not charge you extra except those who require rinse aid to clean in hard water.

We have separately reviewed 10 detergents that has the power to clean in such a water. Though some of these are the same as discussed above but these are chosen separately.

As powder detergents are also very helpful in case of hard water and they are cheap also. So we have included it also.

You can use your present detergent in hard water along with a hard water booster that you can see in the list.


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Finish Quantum 68 Tablets

Cascade Platinum Plus 70 Tablets

Finish Quantum Max 100 Tablets

Finish All in One 85CT

Cascade ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent For Hard Water

Grab Green Natural Dishwasher Detergent, Powder

Miele Dishwasher Detergent 120 Tablets

Bubble Bandit Dishwasher Detergent for Spotless Dishes

Lemi Shine Booster Dishwasher Detergent

Finish Hard Water Booster Powder

Finish and Cascade detergents are already discussed in detail and we will not write about them now.

Here is a short review of all the remaining detergents and for full review of all these detergents you can see our review by clicking on the heading.

Grab Green Natural Powder Dishwasher Detergent

Grab Green Natural Powder Dishwasher Detergent

Many people are allergic to scents and most of the detergents today for hard water are scenty. This detergent is free of scents and is in powder form. It will not only save your money but also solve your problem of hard water. It is free from all chemicals and made with natural ingredients. So, it is safe for your health as well as safe for the whole planet as it is environment friendly.

The one thing of this detergent that you will have to bear is that you have to neasure this detergent every time and according to the instructions.

If you are not getting clear results from this detergent in hard water, you can increase its amount. If it is leaving residue then you should decrease the quantity.

Miele Dishwasher Detergent

Miele Dishwasher Detergent

This detergent is in tablet form that is designed by Miele for Miele dishwashers but is has very strong cleaning action in hard water, no matter which dishwasher brand you are using. These tablets are bit expensive as compared to many others but they do their work as well.

This detergent is also safe and environment friendly. One tab does its work in hard water. For soft water, half tab is enough.

Bubble Bandit Powder Detergent For Spotless Dishes

Bubble Bandit Detergent For Spotless Dishes

This is a detergent that is in powder form and still its price is high. However, it also has high cleaning action as well. It does not require you to add any rinse aid and it shines your dishes like brand new. We recommend you if your water is much hard then you should use a rinse aid for complete cleaning of your dishes.

It is not environment friendly and contains phosphate. However, it is free from scents and allergic people can use it.

Lemi Shine Booster

Lemi Shine Booster

This is something really great for hard water. It is not a detergent but a booster that works with your present detergent and removes the hardness of water. It is a great thing for you if you have already a detergent that you have purchased recently by mistake and not working in hard water. Get this booster and forget hard water.

This detergent is safe, phosphate-free, biodegradable and environment friendly. You can use it with all detergent brands.

Finish Hard Water Booster

Finish Hard Water Booster Powder

This is almost the same thing as discussed above with a little difference. The above one is in liquid form while this is in powder form. The bad thing in this booster as compared to the above one is that it leaves a residue on plastic items sometimes. However, like other finish detergents this one also leaves a smell on dishes. So allergic people be careful while this smell is good for others as it is a beautiful scent. You can use a spoon of this booster along with any of your detergent.

If you are using any Finish detergent then it will be a good combination.

These were short reviews of these detergents. If you need detergent for hard water, then you should read our full review of best detergents for hard water.

4.Best For Soft Water-5 Detergents

A Soft water is a great blessing of God as it does all the things normally like drinking, cooking or washing etc.

If your water is pure then you will not face any problem with any detergent that are used normally. But if your water is much soft then you can fall in problems if you select a wrong detergent.

As your water is already much soft, so you need a detergent that has no water softening ingredients at all. If your detergent also contains water softening ingredients, it will make the water even more soft that will be dangerous for your dishwasher also.

Keeping in view these things, we have reviewed some detergents that are best fit for you in case of soft water. Here they are.

We already have reviewed Finish and Cascade detergents in detail and now we review the remaining here.

Seventh Generation-Fragrance Free Detergent

Seventh Generation-Fragrance Free Detergent

This is also a good detergent for soft water as it has no water softening ingredients in it and is environment friendly. This detergent is free from smell and cheap in price. In low price it does a great job with all the features. No smells as in other detergents disturbing allergic people. It is free from chemicals like chlorine and phosphates etc and is made up of totally natural ingredients.

If you are looking for a good, environment friendly, safe and natural detergent then it is a good choice.

Puracy Platinum Dishwasher Pods

Puracy Platinum Dishwasher Pods

This is another natural detergent that is made from plant-based ingredients. It is very strange to know that it works in hard water and soft water because it can adjust the Ph of water where it works. It does a great job in soft water and hard water. However, if your water is too much soft then our recommendation is not to use this detergent because it may cause some problems in this case.

Grab Green Dishwasher Pods

This detergent is also made with natural ingredients that are safe for your health and environment. It is free from all the phosphate like chemicals. A single tab in your dishwasher will make everything shine without any need for additional tasks. All the things are included in a single tablet to end up all your worries.

For more information read our review of best dishwasher detergents for soft water

5.Best For Cloudy Glasses-15 Detergents

If your glasses come out of the dishwasher cloudy, then you can solve this problem just by taking a few steps and then choosing a detergent.

Cloudiness on glasses is mainly due to water that does not completely dissolve the detergent and does not completely clean glass items. The residue is left on glasses that look like milk color known as cloudiness.

As cloudiness is due to the wrong selection of water according to the Ph of your water and so this problem can be solved by an accurate selection of detergent.

In our review of the best detergents for cloudy glasses, we have completely described everything to know whether your water is really hard or not.

You should read our complete review and we have provided 15 detergents for the solution of cloudiness on glassware items.

For more information review of best detergents for cloudy glasses.

6.Safe and Best For Baby Bottles-3 Detergents

Choosing a good detergent for washing your baby utensils is very important because it is the first thing that will keep your baby safe and healthy.

Most of the parents pay special attention to this while some may be unaware that ordinary detergents that they use daily can harm their little babies.

The first priority of a good detergent for babies is to kill germs and bacteria. If your detergent cleans fully but does not kill germs and bacteria then that one is totally waste for your baby bottles and toys.

There are detergents in the market that are totally different from other detergents we use daily and formulated especially for washing kids’ products.

Here are the the three best of them.

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DAPPLE Baby Dishwasher Detergent
Natural Dishwasher Detergent for Baby Bottles and Toys
Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid - Dishwasher Detergent

Now we shortly review all these three detergents. You can see our complete review of these detergents which contains all the information and some more detergents.

DAPPLE Dishwasher Detergent For Baby Bottles and Toys

DAPPLE Dishwasher Detergent For Baby Bottles and Toys

Dapple has made detergents for babies’ products only and these contain almost all the ingredients that are needed in detergents used to wash kids’ products like toys or bottles etc. These are free from all those ingredients that can affect the health of your baby if you use them for washing purposes because every detergent could leave its effect on the utensils washed. So it is a better option to choose a detergent that is free from such harmful things and you feel free to use it.

This detergent is also made from natural ingredients and is free from chemicals. It is fragrance-free as well.

It is formulated to kill all the germs and bacteria and has the power to remove odor of milk if any.

Natural Gel Detergent For Dishwasher-Best For Baby Bottles

This is a detergent that is really made up of natural ingredients and not even little chemicals. The best thing is that if you do not use it in the dishwasher, you can use it while washing bottles with hands and it will not irritate your hands which shows how it is made from natural ingredients. You can use it freely to wash your baby products as it is safe and best for the health of your little kid.

Dapple Baby Bottle with Dapple Dishwasher Detergent Pacs

Dapple Baby Bottle with Dapple Dishwasher Detergent Pacs

These pacs are exactly the same as discussed above with an addition of liquid bottle. We can say this bundle as an advanced form of the previous one as they have included a liquid bottle to compensate anything that was left in the previous detergent.

So it could perform even better and your will face less problems if any comes as compared to the previous one.

This detergent has almost all the features same but it cleans even better due to its advanced form.

For more information read our review of best detergent for baby bottles.

7.Best Liquid Dishwasher Detergents-Top 5

Liquid Dishwasher Detergents have dropped their sales to much extent with the advent of tablets and their sales are left only 20% on the market these days.

Most of the people love liquid detergents and still purchase them and they are cheap as compared to tablets. However, they do not clean like tablets.

Your first choice should always be a tablet detergent if you can afford budget. Otherwise, you can go for some best liquid detergent for your dishwasher.

These days, it is becoming difficult to find best detergents in liquid and powder form because all the manufacturers are paying their attention to tablets.

We have chosen some best liquid detergents from the top and trusted brands. You can read review of them.

Here they are.


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Cascade Complete Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Cascade Advanced Power Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

Better Life Natural Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Finish Dishwasher Detergent Gel Liquid

As we have already reviewed Cascade, Finish and Seventh Generation detergents above, we are not discussing them here because the same brands have almost same the features with a slight difference.

Here the big difference is that their state is changed from tablets to liquid. You can read complete review of each of these detergents by visiting this page. To visit click on link in the heading.

One that was not discussed earlier here is being discussed.

Better Life Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Better Life Gel Dishwasher Detergent

This detergent is also made from natural ingredients and free from all the harmful chemicals. Plant-based ingredients present in this detergent can provide very good cleaning. You can thought this detergent as one of the best liquid detergents and it is totally environment friendly as well as safe for kids and pets.

It is fragrance-free and removes stuck-on foods and also avoids cloudiness on glass items.

One of the big disadvantage of this detergent is that you have to rinse your dishes before loading your dishwasher for clear results and people do not like to do this effort.

For complete information read our review of best liquid detergents for dishwasher

8.Powder Dishwasher Detergents-Top 4

Although powder detergents require extra effort, they are actually high quality and cheapest of all.

Today people do not buy powder detergents only because they have a large size that occupy more space and looks bad for some people and they require pre-measuring.

Due to decreased demand manufacturers have also reduced their manufacturing and today it becomes difficult to get one as most of the best detergents are unavailable.

Today the sell of powder detergents is near about 10% as some wise people still consider it best to choose a powder detergent to save money.

We have chosen 4 powder detergents that do their job if you use them with great care and keep them at a suitable place to avoid moisture.

Here they are:

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Ecover Zero Powder Dishwasher Detergent-Best of All-min

Seventh Generation Powder Dishwasher Detergent-Environment Friendly

Finish Powder Detergent For Dishwasher-Best and Trusted Brand

Cascade Complete Powder Dishwasher Detergent-No.1 Recommended Brand

As we already have reviewed Finish, Cascade and Seventh Generation above, so we are not including then here and the remaining one is discussed below shortly.

Ecover Zero-No.1 Powder Detergent

This is the best and no.1 powder detergent that is great with respect to a lot of things as compared to many other detergents. It is made up of natural ingredients and free from harmful chemicals. This could be one of the best solution of the people looking for something best in very cheap price.

This detergent is not only cheap but also has power to clean and you can get very good results from it if you use it by following all the instructions.

It is safe for kids, animals and the environment and is biodegradable.

For more information and complete review of the remaining three detergents, read best powder dishwasher detergents.

9.Best for Bosch Dishwashers-10 Detergents

Bosch dishwashers as you know are the best detergents available in the market and a lot of people use them.

Bosch is a popular brand of dishwashers but it has not its own detergents and you have to find a best one yourself.

They also recommend you using specific detergents in their dishwasher’s manuals and they really do the best with your dishwasher.

Two detergents i.e Finish and Cascade are recommended by Bosch in their different models and we have reviewed some best Finish and Cascade detergents in our review.

You can read our review and get complete information about each of these detergents.

Read our full review of Best detergents for Bosch Dishwasher.

10.Best For Samsung Dishwashers-3 Detergents

Samsung dishwashers are also very popular these days and these are also very good detergents.

People who have purchased a Samsung dishwasher, find no instructions from this brand to use any special type of detergent and then search for best detergents.

As we have no recommendation from this brand, so we should try to choose a detergent that is better than best.

In all our reviews the top and best detergents are only provided by Cascade and Finish and no other brand can beat them in quality.

That is why we also recommend you using any best detergent from these two brands if you are using Samsung dishwasher.

You can see our full review of Best detergent for Samsung dishwasher.